1 Thessalonians 5:15
See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.
I don’t know about you, but I just love family. Lots of different personalities and quirks and some eccentricities. Each bring their own special gift or trait; from the one who can build you anything from a couple of old doors to the one who makes the best ever turkey vegetable soup. When you all get together, well, like they say in Northern Ireland, the craic’s mighty! You have a love for each other, a special bond, and you are always on hand to help each other when needed.
I also love my church family with their different personalities and quirks and some eccentricities! From Adam Street Brethren to Ballysillan Elim to Fresh Water Christian Fellowship to Rosemary Presbyterian. Connections and special bonds built in each one that still continue today. There is a love that grows for the people that you fellowship with; people who start of as strangers and become brothers and sisters in Christ. And just like with our own family, we should always be on hand to help each other when needed.
The apostle Paul encourages the Christian family to always seek to do good to one another. The two words that stand out for me are always seek. This is more than just doing someone a good turn. This is a responsibility to actively look out for one another. It is asking God to open our eyes to those within the church who have a need but who may not like to ask for help. It’s about being vigilant and caring for each other in practical ways. Above all, it’s about love.